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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
PostPosted: Sat March 28, 2020 3:46 pm 
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In debate with fellow Costello fans now, I have figured out the Elvis Costello equivalent to my "'Immortality' is a bad song" take

It is "'Riot Act' is a bad song"

who the hell said this?

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I said it. I said both things.

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you mean you think riot act is a bad song?

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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
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Yeeees

I understand it is widely loved but I find it so boring, and also a little gross and offensive in how it serves as a reaction to the Columbus incident. I understand EC was a young man working through some stuff but whining about how "a slip of the tongue is gonna keep me civilian" is a little yikes. More importantly, I find the melody boring and ordinary, I don't think the song ever reaches that intensity it's shooting for, and the whole thing stands in sharp contrast with the rest of Get Happy's vibrancy

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i'm speechless.

wait, i got my speech back.

it's a bad take, my friend.

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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
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EC on the death of Hal Willner, whom I knew next to nothing about

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Words are a very poor carriage for the way I am feeling today at the sudden passing of my dear friend, Hal Willner.

Nobody could put themselves to the front of a line of Hal’s many friends but Diana and I are only comforted by the thought that his wife, Sheila Rogers and their son, Arlo must know of the depth and breadth of love that people have for Hal.

It is my belief that beloved people always dwell in the present tense.

Not very long ago, Hal and I sat for a while listening to a wonderful record that he was making with an extraordinary cast based on the songs of Marc Bolan. His studio was like a living collage of his love of music, art and other fascinations; record albums, artwork, puppets, tiny books of arcane facts once owned by Stan Laurel were among his wonders.

After the new record was over, we listened to a few selections from an album by the actor, Albert Finney, made for the Motown label. Only a few people probably know this record even exists, Hal would be among the even smaller group of curious souls who sought out an actual copy.

Listeners are sometimes confused by the role of a record producer, as many of the most successful or infamous producers apply their own vision to the music like a veneer or lens through which the original intentions may be only dimly perceived.

Hal’s approach better resembled the beautiful chaos of a childhood chemistry set, in which all of the substances and elements were mixed with joyous but determined abandon to render coloured smoke, a delightful explosion or something of unlikely and uncommon beauty.

I arrived to one of my most memorable sessions with Hal, directly off a plane to NYC from Barbados, where I had been cutting rock and soul sides with what I thought of as an experimental line-up of players with an ample supply of rum cocktails.



In these terms being, “experimental”, I was a mere novice.

The band Hal had assembled consisted of, guitarist, Bill Frisell, bassist, Greg Cohen and a horn section of Henry Threadgill and Art Baron with percussionist, Don Alias, smiting what looked like a giant railway sleeper with a huge felt mallet, the “Marimba Eroica” which resonated to your very innards. The studio was filled with an array of remarkable percussion instruments, each with similarly extraordinary names given to them by the composer, inventor and musical theorist, Harry Partch.

It was indicative of Hal’s mischief that he had had musicians, Marc Ribot, Michael Blair and Francis Thumm addressing these microtonal devices alongside conventionally tuned instruments as a foundation for performing Charles Mingus’ “Weird Nightmare”, a beautiful ballad with Mingus’ own lyric.

The resulting album of Mingus interpretations had contributions by people as contrasting as Dr. John, Henry Rollins, Keith Richards, Leonard Cohen and Chuck D.

This range of artists was not by any means unique in Hal’s work, nor was it a matter of marquee billing or stunt casting. To engage with the gentle and curious assemblies of his productions was to surrender your fears and doubts, like discovering a box of paints full of previously unseen colours.

Listen to any one of Hal’s extraordinary investigations, whether into the music of Nino Rota or Thelonius Monk, his record of Disney songs, “Stay Awake” with performances by Tom Waits, Betty Carter, Sun Ra, NRBQ, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Bonnie Raitt or his productions of albums by Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Lucinda Williams and “The Lion For Real” by Allen Ginsberg.

Hal also worked with the director, Robert Altman, producing the extraordinary soundtrack for “Kansas City” or also the film, “Short Cuts” for which he was kind enough to ask me to write the song “Punishing Kiss” which was sung by Annie Ross.

Hal’s live events rightly live in legend, my favourites being a concert during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, performing the songs of Neil Young or “The Harry Smith Project”, an investigation into the “Anthology Of American Folk Music”, a more than three-hour concert at Royce Hall, UCLA, including performances and contributions from Garth Hudson, David Thomas, The Folksmen, Steve Earle, Kate and Anne McGarrigle, EIiza Carthy, Percy Heath and Philip Glass and of course, his direction of the Montreal concert one year after the passing of Leonard Cohen.

As heartfelt as many of the performances on that evening were, Hal had already produced an unmatchable moment with Leonard Cohen and Sonny Rollins collaborating on a performance of “Who By Fire” on the NBC show, “Night Music”, the standard by which we hoped to measure any successes during the two seasons of the television show, “Spectacle”.

I could go on to name all of the elusive moments of alchemy and records on which Hal conjured gentle magic but I will close by expressing my deep gratitude for every door he walked me through and all the simple kindness and humour of his regular but always unexpected texts, whether during a moment of crisis in our family, while hard at work at his regular musical supervising job at SNL or in the midst of producing music for theatre director Robert Wilson at an anniversary event for Solidarność in Gdansk.

I wrote to Hal two nights ago when it seemed he had come through the worst of this dreadfully, cruel contagion. I said it seemed as if we had woken in the plot of a poorly realized film adaptation of a futuristic story by Philip K. Dick, with savage asides that might have invited the editorial red pen by even a writer like Hunter S. Thompson. Whether or not there was time to still laugh or smile, I will miss my friend’s reply for the rest of my days.

“Condolences” seems a word of insufficient depth for the way many of us feel today but we must not be selfish or feel alone but rather look to the light and imagination with which we will perhaps emerge from this dark and melancholy hour. I send my love and that of my wife, Diana with a wish for every possible strength to Sheila and Arlo.

Here is a song by Kurt Weill recorded with The Brodsky Quartet in Toronto in 1995 for Hal’s album of Weill interpretations and re-imaginings also entitled, “Lost In The Stars”.

Elvis Costello. 7/4/20



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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
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New song released randomly. Sounds like maybe a home demo. EC is credited on all instruments.



Not sure how I feel about this. Sounds like "Hurry Down Doomsday" with When I Was Cruel production

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New album Hey Clockface coming October 30!

1. Revolution #49 (2:41)
2. No Flag (3:56)
3. They're Not Laughing At Me Now (4:26)
4. Newspaper Pane (4:10)
5. I Do (Zula's Song) (3:49)
6. We Are All Cowards Now (3:36)
7. Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me? (2:56)
8. The Whirlwind (3:17)
9. Hetty O'Hara Confidential (4:14)
10. The Last Confession Of Vivian Whip (2:59)
11. What Is It That I Need That I Don't Already Have? (3:46)
12. Radio Is Everything (4:25)
13. I Can't Say Her Name (2:57)
14. Byline (2:40)

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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
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He seems to be going a more DIY, experimental, harder-edged sound than the lush pop classicism of Look Now, which will be interesting to hear. So far I hadn't really been wowed by the new songs, but the one released today, "We Are All Cowards Now," is very good

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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
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You gotta hand it to him - he always comes up with a way to zag.

Really dig that ragged guitar sound on No Flag.

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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
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https://variety.com/2020/music/news/elv ... 234734893/

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The final New York sessions apparently happened after quarantining began, as Costello describes his part of them as having been completed “via electrical wire.” These tracks feature him augmented by guitarist Bill Frisell (with whom he once released a live import EP) and Wilco member Nels Cline, with Michael Leonhart producing and arranging as well as playing trumpet.


Excellent news

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Yeah, that is an exciting development. This definitely seems like a 180 after Look Now, one of the more heavily orchestrated records he's made. To be honest I only listened to "No Flag" and "Hetty O'Hara Confidential" once or twice -- I liked them well enough but wasn't floored by them, figuring they were one-off tracks that I'd throw into a mix of rarities someday (EC's obligatory "I am a working musician and I have nothing to do during quarantine other than make recordings in my house" songs), but I really like the third track and am excited to see how this approach will play out over the course of an album. Unlike Look Now, where each track was meticulously composed and arranged and therefore worked really well one track at a time (as well as as an album), I can see this being a kind of mood record, where the songs are all improved by immersion in the aesthetic (not unlike Get Happy perhaps, which is probably my favorite EC record that I rarely find myself wanting to hear individual tracks from). Just speculation of course. Really just the idea of a second EC album in as many years, after he swore off album-making for good, is reason enough for me to get pumped.


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Here's a gem.

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 Post subject: Re: Elvis Costello
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Okay, now we're talking


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That's like a more sophisticated Toy Story track. I'm not sure if I mean that as a compliment or concern as of right now.

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I love it. I think it is head and shoulders above the rest of the tracks from Hey Clockface released so far. Reminds me a bit of "A Voice in the Dark" from National Ransom, which is in the running for my favorite EC song altogether

This is gonna be a weird album

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Yeah I could see Clockface growing on me. Also totally reminds me of Dr. John's "Such a Night."

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